Johnno Wilson

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA

Tell us a little about yourself in a few sentences: I'm thankful to my family for always having a household filled with laughter because it has pushed me to become a writer, actor, and comedian today. I love this life and all its ups and downs. I also find it very difficult to describe yourself in a few sentences without saying a bunch of clichés... I grew up in Massachusetts, went to Georgetown University, have a love/hate relationship with golf and I love to travel, which I've been lucky enough to do a lot with my family through the years.

What drew you to doing impressions? I grew up with parents, a brother, grandparents, cousins, uncles and aunts who count laughter as one of the most important things in life, so we have always found ways to make each other laugh. Doing impressions, not only of celebrities, but also of teachers, or even each other, is one of the ways I did that. I've also loved SNL since I was little, and grew up on reruns of the Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Jan Hooks, Phil Hartman years, which had a big impact on me. It has continued to be one of my favorite shows for sketch, but also as a platform for great impressionists like Dana, Darrell Hammond, Bill Hader and now Jay Pharoah.

Who was your comedic inspiration? Too many to name, but if I were to pick a few: Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell, Robin Williams, and Chris Farley.

Why do you think you’ll be America’s favorite impressionist? My only goal in doing impressions is the same as it's always been: to make people laugh, and to have fun doing it.

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